Primary Bank Young Heroes
Twelve exceptional high school students from across Southern New Hampshire have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship for their commitment to volunteerism. These young individuals have gone above and beyond to make a tangible difference in their communities and schools, embodying the spirit of altruism and compassion.
On December 19th, Primary Bank selected one Young Hero as the 'Hero of the Year' and they were awarded a $10,000 Scholarship. Additionally, your votes helped to select our "People's Choice' recipient who was awarded a $2,500 Scholarship. Meet the Hero of the Year and People's Choice Scholarship Winners
The Twelve Young Hero Scholarship Recipients
Our first Primary Bank Young Hero Scholarship is awarded to Corinne Kelly, a recent graduate of Pelham High School. She has been recognized for her work with ‘Operation Care for Troops,’ and has helped send more than 10,000 care packages to deployed military men and women.
Kathryn Mikol from Bedford High School is our February hero. Kathryn is the general manager of Fueled by Kids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that anonymously provides nutritious food to students struggling with hunger and food insecurity. On a weekly basis, volunteers pack more than 900 bags of food, helping kids at 21 schools in Manchester.
Our March hero is Emma Polyukhovich. Emma attends Pinkerton Academy and over the past two years has volunteered more than 250 hours supporting relief for her native country of Ukraine.
Our April winner is Calvin Plante, a senior at Pinkerton Academy. Calvin has has shown exceptional dedication to his community, where in addition to volunteering at the Derry Museum of History, he is an active volunteer and role model at the Boys & Girls Club.
Brooke Adams is our May hero. Brooke is a recent graduate of South Merrimack Christian Academy, and has volunteered countless hours with charities both here and abroad, spending summers working with children in Guatemala.
Our June hero is Siena Muccioli, a student at Founders Academy. Siena has volunteered more than 900 hours, working with numerous local charities in the Nashua area.
The July recipient is Raquel DeLeo, who graduated from Bedford High School and, in addition to volunteering with the YMCA, is the creator of a podcast for young women geared towards helping with their emotional and mental health.
Angelina Townsend is our August hero. She is a graduate of Pinkerton Academy and volunteers her time supporting Derry’s local soup kitchen and the Animal Rescue League.
Our September hero is Ryan Rankins. Ryan is a recent graduate of Bedford High School and has been an invaluable resource to Bless This Home, a nonprofit organization that helps provide fully furnished and decorated spaces for women and families leaving restorative programs.
Jillian LeBlanc is our October hero. She is a senior at Pelham High and is the co-founder of Dancin’Clusion which is a non-profit organization for special needs children. When she heard that a special needs child was denied the opportunity to dance at a traditional dance studio, she decided she was going to make a difference.
November's hero is Gibson Griffith. Home-schooled, Gibson is the founder and organizer of the group One Kid Can Make a Difference. This group finds opportunities for youth volunteers and offers monthly community service programs to kids and families of all ages. He also gives back to the community through Boy Scouts, 4H and Naval Sea Cadets.
The Young Hero winner for December is Sophia Baird. She is the co-founder of The Good Shepherds Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on helping young leaders of the community fulfill their goals by providing support, education, and volunteer base.